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Dad Wanted 2020 Movie Review Poster Trailer Online
Director: Javier Colinas
Writers: Victor Avelar (original idea), Javier Colinas
Stars: Mauricio Argüelles, Moisés Arizmendi, Luis Arrieta
For Blanca ( Natalia Coronado ), there is nothing greater than cycling around the area and doing tricks. If it were up to her, she would also like to take part in a BMX race that would have a really decent price. She has the talent and the will too. But there is also a problem: her mother Fernanda ( Silvia Navarro ). Since her husband’s tragic accidental death, she has hated bicycles, and under no circumstances wants her daughter to sit on the saddle and risk her life in the process. So Blanca forges the plan that someone else simply impersonates her father and thus enables her to participate. And she already knows who, because the taxi driver Alberto ( Juan Pablo Medina) used to work as an actor and would be the ideal cast …
For the fun of lying
Lies have short legs. But that doesn’t mean you can’t try anyway. At least as an uninvolved viewer, there is really nothing wrong with that. On the contrary: it can even be fun to watch the most absurd contortions of truth, which are the result of comedies when everything gradually escalates. It doesn’t matter whether this lie is in a grotesque disguise as in Mrs. Doubtfire – The Spiky Nanny or in Two Ravishingly Depraved Villains a woman is to be conquered by all means, the film area is full of amusing examples.
Papa also goes a bit in this direction when a taxi driver with no perspective, who is actually an actor, has to pretend to be the father of a girl. The humor of the Mexican Netflix- Comedy is less about the hair-raising situations in which the characters otherwise maneuver themselves. In fact, things are relatively good and civil here. There are no noteworthy exacerbations, no hopeless situations from which somehow they are cheated. If there’s a reason to laugh, or at least to smile, in the film, it’s more because Blanca didn’t exactly fall on her mouth. It can be quite long – physically as well as verbally – which is quite a contrast to the otherwise rather inconspicuous-nice exterior.
A common tragedy
But behind the cheerful fun is a tragic story, actually two. Not only did Blanca lose her father, Alberto also lost a daughter. Papa wanted is only partly about weird lies, stolen bicycles and secret competitions. Above all, it is about the rapprochement between two people who have each suffered a tragic loss and who have found a small replacement in the other. But you shouldn’t expect the big, tearful moments. After all, the film is aimed primarily at a very young audience, who shouldn’t be overwhelmed with too violent feelings.
In the plot, too, consideration was given to keeping everything a bit simpler and more manageable. The course of the story, for example, strictly follows the usual dramaturgy in this area. In fact, you are never surprised in Papa wanted . And when it comes to resolution, too, it was made pretty easy for yourself: Conflicts are overcome so quickly that they can make you dizzy. What was still valid in one moment may have been put aside again in the next. Director Javier Colinas ( Grandma’s Wedding), who also worked on the script, not really. Instead, there is idealized feel-good television, which tells young people in front of the screens that they can become anything and should follow their hearts. This is neither new nor in any way particularly implemented, but it works as friendly family entertainment.
Dad Wanted proposes the idea that a young woman named Blanca is destined to be a great BMX rider. However, there’s a sizeable hole that sits between her dreams and her mother — the loss of the father. The Netflix Mexican film presents a rebellious child and a family that has not come to terms with the loss of the father who died in an accident, surfacing a mother that is afraid to let her daughter put herself in danger. On the other side, you have a failing, almost alcoholic actor who has lost a daughter himself — it’s opposite worlds that the film is trying to magnetize into a story.
The whole purpose of Dad Wanted is that it’s meant to be heartfelt. The family film drives home the grief that surrounds a family like this and the impact it can have on people who are talented. The story pits the failed actor and Blanca together — a self-made father/daughter relationship born from common interests.
Dad Wanted spends too long laboring the family drama — it throws scenario after scenario of the mother and daughter clashing on the same objective because the film is attempting to reach an end goal. This deflates the experience, however, it can be slightly forgiven for its emotional core that keeps the viewer at least interested.
The performances are satisfactory, bearing a few slightly cheesy moments — Dad Wanted wants to give those feel-good and fleeting moments every time Blanca finds a slither of hope. The underlying plot point is the mother slowly coming to terms with the talents offered by her daughter. Together that makes for sound on-screen chemistry.
This is okay — it’s nothing to shout about but it will encourage the odd smile and warm your heart up a little.
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